Students should consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all students to use public transport or other sustainable modes of transport where possible.
Overview of car parking information
- On-Campus Parking
- Parking for students with disabilities
- Off-campus Parking
- Residential Parking Permits
- Shuttle Buses
- Car Sharing
There is only disabled parking available for students on our Cardiff campuses. Alternative travel is largely available in Cardiff, with Queen Street Train Station five minutes away, and cycle and shower facilities available our Cardiff Campus.
Parking for students with disabilities
Disabled parking permits are issued free of charge to students who are in receipt of a blue badge (a copy of which must be provided) to enable them to park within the campus.
If you have a temporary disability then you may also apply for disabled on-campus parking. Supporting medical evidence must be provided with your application. Students may also be required to discuss their own individual circumstances with a Disability Advisor with each case being assessed on an individual basis.
If you are not in receipt of a blue badge, then supporting medical evidence will need to be provided with your Disabled Parking Permit Application and a fee will be charged for the permit which can be paid online. To apply for disabled parking please complete the Disabled parking permit application form and return it to Kelly Owen, Disability Service (Student Services).
NCP Pellet Street Car Park
The University has an agreement with National Car Parks that allows staff and students to park for £4.50 all day at the Pellet Street Car Park. To make use of this offer, you have to collect a 'follow-up ticket’ / 'validation card’ from the reception desk in ATRiuM. If you park for less than 4 hours, you should not use this offer, as you will be charged £4.50 – the rate for 4 hours – no matter how long you park.
Other city centre car parks
Parking is available throughout Cardiff City centre, although prices vary and can be quite expensive. The nearest car parks to our Cardiff campuses the NCP Adam Street and NCP Cardiff Pellett Street. Prices, facilities and opening times can be found on the NCP website. There are no discounts for using these car parks; if you do use them regularly then a season ticket would be more cost effective. Visit NPC FAQ web page for more details.
Alternatively, websites such as Parkopedia and apps such as the ‘smart parking’ app are great ways of finding the locations and costs local carparks.
Alternative Parking around Cardiff Atrium campus.
Please be aware there are restrictions in some of these car parks. Some car parks are for customers only.
Residential Parking Permits
If you live in Cardiff and park your car on the street outside your house, you may need a resident’s parking permit to do so. This policy has been introduced to improve environmental sustainability, share parking spaces more fairly, ease congestion and improve safety.
Parking in a residents permit area without a valid permit can lead to a £70 fine.
You can find information about Cardiff Parking Permits on the Cardiff Council webiste.
Note: Until your permit arrives you cannot park without risking a fine.
YourParkingSpace are offering 10% discount to staff and students on any parking booked with them throughout the UK. Use the promotional code UNISOUTHWALES10.
Student Vehicle Registration Scheme
The University operates a service for students (living both on and off campus at any of our campuses) to register your car registration details in order to help the University contact you quickly regarding any issues that may arise with your car. More information can be found on Student Vehicle Registration Scheme.
For more information, please visit the Student Safety and Crime Prevention site.
There are no university shuttle buses serving our Cardiff campus. However, there are some free supermarket buses in Cardiff.
The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. There are good public transport links in and around Cardiff. The university has negotiated some excellent discounts with our local public transport providers. For more information visit the Estates and Facilitates Travel page.
There is only disabled on-campus parking at our Cardiff Campuses. Pay & Display Car Parks are near the campuses. Students are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University and around Cardiff city centre.
How do I arrange a car share to travel to and from University?
Ask fellow students or post a request on the USW UniLife Marketplace (just click on 'add notice’ from the front page and follow instructions).
Work out what you’d normally spend on petrol (and tolls if applicable) getting to study, and divide that by the number of people in the car. Remember to include your own share of the costs.
Useful Information on Car Sharing
- Car sharing does not invalidate your insurance, as long as you don’t charge your passengers more than the running costs of the journey. Please do check with your insurance company however for clarification.
- You don’t have to take anyone who asks: if you’d only feel happy sharing with someone of the same sex, or someone you know, for example, just specify it in your advert.
- You don’t need to have a car to car share. If you just need a lift, advertise the fact to drivers on Marketplace and offer to pay them for the petrol.
- The University would benefit from student car sharing, the car-parks would have more space, the roads would be quieter, and as a result you may even get home quicker.